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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-16 04:49
Subject: [links] Link salad for an Omaha Thursday
Security: Public
Tags:child, funny, links, personal, politics, religion, science, writing

newroticgirl with the Lake as a unit of measurement — Hahahahah. Wait, that’s me.

See Tokyo flattened! — (Thanks to threeoutside.)

Colin Powell becomes an unlikely hip-hop star — It is to boggle. (Thanks to Jaws.)

Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection — Interesting stuff from just before the New Testament era. (Nicked from jeffsoesbe.)

Pirates then and now — Comparing modern Somali pirates to the eighteenth century Caribbean.

How to destroy the Earth — Money shot: “Creating a microscopic black hole is tricky, since one needs a reasonable amount of neutronium, but may possibly be achievable by jamming large numbers of atomic nuclei together until they stick. This is left as an exercise to the reader.” Hahahahahahaha. For all you mad scientists and end-of-days disaster writers. (Hat tip to Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Helmet to Convey Messages by Thought — What could possibly go wrong!? (Thanks to my brother.)

Physical security maxims — From Argonne National Laboratory. Funny but not. (Thanks to danjite.)

Vaccination protestors in Portland — With a focus on the_child’s school. Long time readers of this blog will recall this is a huge hot button for me. Under Oregon law, we had to file a vaccination waiver for her, since we do not have medical records from China indicating whether she was vaccinated in infancy. There is no other class of exemption — either produce proof of vaccination or file a religious waiver. Oregon law simply does not contemplate the possibility of genuinely undocumented children. But I am very strongly against vaccination protestors on both moral grounds and public health grounds. Antiscience idiocy is antiscience idiocy no matter what end of the political spectrum it emanates from. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Cooling climate ‘consensus’ of 1970s never was — Research that discredits a key pillar of global warming denialism on the face of the data. (Thanks to lt260.)

What’s the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick — Juan Cole in Salon on democratic values, tolerance, and religious codes in society. Ah, the irony.

Making Light on last night’s debate — Hahahahahahahah. I cannot stop laughing at this.


10/16/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two by Anu Garg

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-10-16 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, there's some good reading here, which will have to wait for later.

But I am amused by the Lake as a unit of measurement, because one of my faculty (a good buddy of mine) tells me about a unit of measurement here in our department called The Roth (named after another faculty member), which is 100 hours of work in a week. Brian routinely worked Roths until he a) got tenured (early) and b) got married and had his own child (although I think he's still working a Roth, just not so much in his lab).
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2008-10-16 15:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And then there's the actual Tokyo, flattened.

Ah, those crazy Czechs...
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User: n5red
Date: 2008-10-16 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am disappointed at the shortage of SF fans at Argonne. At the last Teragrid conference I mentioned "The Eye of Argon" to a few and none of them had heard of it. Sad. What is the world coming to?
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